Red Falcon Premium Ale | Falcon Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Falcon Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red Falcon is a malt-forward ale with caramel notes in the opening, a mild hop break, and a long roasted barley finish. Brewed with five kinds of barley malt including Canadian 2-row, CaraMunich, a touch of Roasted Barley for the finish and Northern Brewer hops.

16 IBU

Added by The_Brewtalizer on 01-16-2014

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3.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I recently encountered this beer at "The Beer Store". As I went to a location that wasn't the usual one I frequent, I was surprised to note the number of local offerings that it carried that were a bit more "off the beaten path", including one from "Stouffville Brewing Company". I immediately picked it up, having been to Stouffville, Ontario a number of times and never known them to have a local brewery.*

The beer I purchased was their Red Falcon Premium Ale. It comes in a Canadian standard 473 mL can. Poured at an angle into a Stein, it yielded a deep ruby red liquid with a thin, 1 1/2 finger whitish head which dissipated quickly into a thin film. I served it at 7-9 degrees Celcius.

The nose of the beer was mostly comprised of sweet caramel malt, with a slight hoppy frutiness and a minor metallic note (even out of the can).

The flavour of the beer (Canadian spelling, sorry to all you guys wondering where the extra 'U' comes from) was mostly malt-forward and quite sweet, although not cloyingly so. The typical malt flavours were present (bread, caramel, slight nuttiness), followed by a slightly metallic, corny backbone that was somewhat muted by the presence of the mild, slightly fruity hops. I found that the metallic, corny taste was more present in repeat sips, and although it did not ruin the overall presence of the malts, it certainly impacted the overall drinkability and lent to a certain 'sterility' that is usually more noted among big brewers that use adjuncts than smaller craft brewers.

The mouthfeel was probably the weakest part of the beer's character. It was thin and watery, with little softness or chew that one would usually expect from a good ale of any variety. I found, however, that it excels in drinkability if one were looking to throw back quite a few in one session, as it lacks sharpness from the rather weak carbonation and the thin body.

My overall opinion of this beer is that it possesses most of the standard qualities of a red/amber ale's flavour and appearance, the mouthfeel and overall 'weakness' of body were more geared towards mass consumption tastes than to being a great standalone craft ale. I wouldn't likely buy it again but would not recommend against trying it. Perhaps it would be better on draught?

*Note - Stouffville Brewing Company is brewing this beer, their flagship, under license to Wellington Brewery in Guelph until they can find a location in their hometown that better suits their needs.

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Red Falcon Premium Ale from Falcon Brewing Co.
3.14 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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